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How did Rosa Parks contribute to society?

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lovelymompelas | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 23, 2010 at 10:03 PM via web

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How did Rosa Parks contribute to society?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 23, 2010 at 10:10 PM (Answer #1)

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Rosa Parks is famous as the woman who is said to have started the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Alabama in 1955.  This was the first major mass public action of the Civil Rights Movement.

I say that she is "said to have" started the boycott because popular legend has it that she was simply a random woman who was too tired to deal with being asked to give up her seat.  Instead, she was a leader in the civil rights community in Birmingham and the groups had been wanting to challenge segregation on the busses for some time but had been waiting to find the right person as a face of the challenge.

At any rate, the bus boycott did start with her action and it can be said to have kicked off the movement that led to legal equality for black Americans.

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lfawley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted May 23, 2010 at 11:19 PM (Answer #2)

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I think the most important contribution Rosa Parks made was that, in her act of defiance, she proved that it is possible for a person to make a stand against an unjust law. She may not have meant to become the figure that she did in history, and in the greater scheme of things her action was not that huge, but what she did was act instead of sitting idly by and allowing an unjust law to continue to exist.

What Parks did is not much different from many other important figures who have gotten their name into our history text books. She saw something that was wrong with society and instead of just allowing it to continue she did something about it. This is how revolutions begin - with one person who is wiling to issue a challenge, to be a leader. It does not matter how many people disagree with something if none of them are willing to take the risk and stand against what they don't agree with.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted May 24, 2010 at 1:19 AM (Answer #3)

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Rosa Parks was a woman who lived in a time when there was a lot of segregation in the United States. The United States Congress called her "The Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement."

On December 1, 1955, a bus driver ordered her to give up her seat to a white passenger. She refused even though she was technically sitting in the "colored" section. She was directly behind the "white" section which had filled up. More white passengers boarded and since she was closest to the "white" section the bus driver ordered her to move. Although African Americans had previously refused to give up their seats it was Rosa parks who sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

She was a civil rights activist and even worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. She contributed to society because she was one of the brave people that brought racial issues out into the open. 

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coachtodd23 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 24, 2010 at 1:56 AM (Answer #4)

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The Civil Rights movement of the 60's was in great need of rally cry event.  Rosa Parks provided that rally cry.  By her refusing to give up her seat, it would become the focal point to end segregation in the South.  Championed by Martin Luther King Jr., and others, the Montgomery buss boycott would send a powerful message through out the South.  I often wonder if Rosa Parks really had any idea of the impact her actions that day on the South and the country.

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moonsea2000 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 2, 2012 at 7:31 PM (Answer #5)

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